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The Honorable John B. Riordan Joins Reisman Peirez Reisman & Capobianco

January 10, 2012 Posted in: RPR&C In The Media

The Honorable John B. Riordan Joins Reisman Peirez Reisman & Capobianco


January 10, 2012 (Garden City, NY)—Judge John B. Riordan, formerly the Judge of the Nassau County Surrogate’s Court (2000-2010), joined Garden City’s Reisman Peirez Reisman & Capobianco as Senior Counsel to the firm on Jan 2, 2012.  As Senior Counsel to the Firm, Judge Riordan will provide the Firm’s clients with his experience in the Trusts and Estates Department concentrating on estate and trust litigation, wills, estate planning, probate and estate administration, led by Senior Partner Jerome Reisman.

Judge Riordan served as the Judge of the Nassau County Surrogate’s Court from January 1, 2001 until December 31, 2010. As Surrogate, he presided over lawsuits involving inheritance rights, trusts, wills, estate administration and the financial and businand then a litigationess affairs of decedents. He also presided over adoptions and guardianships of children and mentally or developmentally disabled persons. Prior to being elected Surrogate, Judge Riordan served for seven years as a judge of the Nassau County District Court.  Judge Riordan has the distinction of having 314 of his written decisions chosen for publication in the New York Official Reports as significant contributions to the common law of New York State.

Following his graduation from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, Judge Riordan was a tax accountant at an international accounting firm and then as a litigation associate at a Garden City, Long Island law firm. For 11 years thereafter he practiced law at Ferris Bangs Davis Trafford & Syz, a Manhattan law firm, where he gained extensive experience in commercial transactions, drafting and negotiating business contracts, bankruptcy, estate planning, personal and estate taxation and litigation. Judge Riordan then joined Wingate & Cullen on Long Island, where he was partner and senior counsel advising clients in estate planning, preparation of wills and trusts, probate, estate administration, inheritance rights and litigation.

A resident of East Williston, Judge Riordan is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Nassau County, the New York State Surrogates’ Association, and the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. He has lectured extensively on issues relating to the Surrogate’s Court litigation and estates and trusts. He has received numerous awards from various organizations including the Nassau Lawyers Association, Court Officers Benevolent Association of Nassau County, Calvary Hospital and the Calvary Fund, Diocese of Rockville Centre, and The Catholic Lawyers Guild.

“Welcoming Judge Riordan to our firm is truly exciting.  After a decade of sitting as Surrogate Judge, John brings a unique perspective to our clients and a wealth of knowledge.  There are few attorneys in New York more seasoned in Estate and Trust Law, and we are very excited to bring Judge Riordan’s experience to our clients,” explained Jerome Reisman, Senior Partner of Reisman Peirez Reisman & Capobianco. 

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